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rook

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noun \ˈru̇k\

Definition of rook

  1. :  a common Old World gregarious crow (Corvus frugilegus) that nests and roosts in usually treetop colonies



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Origin of rook

Middle English, from Old English hrōc; akin to Old High German hruoch rook


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with rook


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rook

verb

Definition of rook

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to defraud by cheating or swindling



Examples of rook in a sentence

  1. <once you learn to recognize these swindler's tricks, no one will be able to use them to rook you>



Circa 1590

First Known Use of rook

circa 1590


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rook

noun

Definition of rook

  1. :  either of two pieces of each color in a set of chessmen having the power to move along the ranks or files across any number of unoccupied squares —called also castle



Origin of rook

Middle English rok, from Anglo-French roc, from Arabic rukhkh, from Persian rukh


First Known Use: 14th century


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rook

noun

Definition of rook

  1. :  rookie



1905

First Known Use of rook

1905


ROOK Defined for Kids

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rook

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noun \ˈru̇k\

Definition of rook for Students

  1. :  a crow of Europe and Asia that nests and sleeps in groups usually in the tops of trees




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rook

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verb

Definition of rook for Students

rookedrooking

  1. :  1cheat 2, swindle <Don't shop there. They rooked me.>




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rook

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noun

Definition of rook for Students

  1. :  one of the pieces in the game of chess





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